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Bay Roberts students support Indigenous communities through music, presentations in Cupids

Amalgamated Academy students conducted tours of the museum at the Cupids Legacy Centre on Saturday, Feb. 16, as part of a fundraising event to support Indigenous communities.
Amalgamated Academy students conducted tours of the museum at the Cupids Legacy Centre on Saturday, Feb. 16, as part of a fundraising event to support Indigenous communities. - Contributed

The 9-6 late French immersion class at Amalgamated Academy recently partnered with the Cupids Legacy Centre for a stewardship project as part of a contest Parks Canada is running.

Students performed traditional Newfoundland tunes, as well as songs from the Gord Downie album “The Secret Path.”
Students performed traditional Newfoundland tunes, as well as songs from the Gord Downie album “The Secret Path.”

The class decided to hold a Coffee House at the Cupids Legacy Centre on Saturday, Feb. 16. During this time students performed traditional Newfoundland music as well as songs from Gord Downie's “The Secret Path.” “The Secret Path” ties in to what they have learned about residential schools for Indigenous children in their social studies and music classes this year.

Students presented a slideshow on residential schools to help educate the public about how this affected Indigenous communities. They were also leading tours through the Legacy Centre museum where several students spoke about the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the Newfoundland fishery.

They displayed and sold their own artwork. All this was happening while the students served coffee, tea and desserts to their guests. Thanks to a wonderful turnout, great organization and teamwork, the event was a success.

from the coffee house, along with a pajama day they hosted at the school, will be donated to True North Aid. True North Aid is dedicated to serving and supporting northern Indigenous communities in Canada through practical humanitarian support.

Special thanks were extended to Claudine Garland at the Cupids Legacy Centre for her time and support. As well as Peter Laracy of Cupids for volunteering his storytelling talents.

— Contributed by Jolene Dominic, Amalgamated Academy French Department Head


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